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Episode 31

How to Monetize a Podcast with Online Courses

There are many ways to create online content that delivers your message and can also generate income. In today’s LMScast Joshua Millage and Christopher Badgett talk about how to monetize a podcast by offering online courses. A previous LMScast episode in this series on monetization focused on blogging. Podcasting is another approach to consider. Creating a podcast is quite an undertaking, and if you choose to employ this method understand that there is a lot of work involved, but there are also distinct advantages, one of which is personal appeal. A blog features the written word of a writer but …

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Episode 30

How to Embed Video in Your WordPress LMS

If you create and sell online courses, it’s very likely that you’ll need to include videos in your course materials. Video is the closest thing we have in the online learning environment to a real human interaction, because you get both audio and visual connection with your students. But there are some pitfalls to be aware of when choosing how to host videos for your online courses. In this LMScast podcast episode Joshua Millage and Chris Badgett discuss hosting your LMS videos on Wistia or Vimeo versus using YouTube. While you can post videos on YouTube for free, it is …

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Episode 29

How to Monetize your Blog with Online Courses

If you are a blogger you naturally have information that you want to share, but at some point you may also want to realize some income from it. Today’s LMScast focuses on how to monetize your blog with online courses. You are already creating content for your blog regularly and consistently. Offering your content for free is admirable and indicates that you have expertise and passion for your subject. But maintaining a quality blog takes time, energy, research, resources, and commitment. Realizing some payback from your investment is reasonable and attainable. An online course is an effective way to present …

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Episode 28

LMS Gamification for eLearning

People love playing games. This is obvious considering that 75% of the American population is engaged in recreational gaming, and Japan’s gaming population is even larger. Today’s LMScast discusses how LMS gamification is a viable option for enhancing online course design. Gamification is already being used for a variety of applications from phone apps to social media to marketing. For example, Ow.ly uses it to verify a user is human and not a bot when shortening URLs. For online learning, it is used for interactive devices like quizzes and retention exercises. One company, TeamTreehouse, allows eLearners to earn badges as they …

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Episode 27

What Is The Tin Can API? How Does It Relate To eLearning?

As online learning becomes more ubiquitous, standards for exchanging data and information between LMSs and conventional educational institutions are becoming necessary. Right now the primary vehicle for that data exchange is the Tin Can API. What is the Tin Can API? First, an API (Application Program Interface) is software for sharing stored information between institutions, businesses and other entities. For eLearning, the Tin Can API is the application that most providers currently use. It allows various LRSs (Learning Record Stores) to connect and share data. Up to now our LMScast programs have talked about LMS systems like our lifterLMS. Today …

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Episode 26

What is a LRS? And what does it do for your LMS business?

As your eLearning business grows, it is good to know about the tools and options you will eventually need for expansion. For example, what is a LRS? First, you should know that a Learning Management System (LMS) like the lifterLMS plugin for WordPress includes enough data storage for the requirements of a moderately sized eLearning business, but at some point a more robust and scalable data warehousing system will become necessary. This is where the LRS comes into play. A LRS is a Learning Record Store. It’s like a large centralized database where you can store student records and other …

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Episode 25

Tips for Improving Online Learners’ Engagement

Knowing how to increase engagement in your online course is key to designing a successful eLearning environment. In her blog post, “9 Tips To Improve Online Learners’ Engagement,” Sharon Thomson lists some of the primary barriers to effective eLearning and elements of online course design that can address these issues. Perhaps the greatest enemy to learning in both traditional and online environments is distraction. Part of your task as an online course designer is to avoid distractions in your learning environment, so learning to recognize those issues is important. Strive to keep your visuals clean and on point. There should …

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Episode 24

Tips For Choosing The Best Learning Management System

When choosing a learning management system, there are several points you need to consider. Chris Pappas outlines the most important of these considerations for enterprise level LMS systems in his eLearningIndustry.com article “Eleven Tips For Choosing The Best Learning Management System.” These points also apply to evaluating LMS applications for WordPress. The first point is to determine learning development objectives in advance. This involves knowing who your prospective students are and what they need from your courses. Once you know who you are serving you can better evaluate which LMS system will deliver the content your students need. For WordPress …

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Episode 23

New Year’s LMS – Grow Your LMS Business in 2015

A WordPress LMS is a powerful tool, and we want to help you get the most from your LMS system this year with LMScast and lifterLMS. To start off the new year, we wanted to talk about a roadmap for where we want to take the LMScast podcast this year. And we’d love to get your input! There are some key areas we’d really like to focus on with the podcast this year. One thing we’d like to do in 2015 is to interview more thought leaders who are knowledgeable about WordPress learning management systems, learning and education, and the …

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Episode 22

Why Blended Learning is Important for your LMS business.

There are lots of definitions for the term “blended learning” – it means something different to each educator and user. But there are two very basic ways to understand what it actually is: For eLearning it is a cohesive mix of multimedia, quizzes, and student interaction in an online environment similar to Google Hangouts. For traditional in-person instruction it is the addition of online resources, student community, and many of the elements used in eLearning, into the physical classroom for more variety in presentations. Individual students learn in different ways and may have preferences for audio, visual, or kinesthetic processes. …

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